Dubai to host 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer showcase


FIFA Beach Soccer WC dates confirmed for Dubai Image: FIFA

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup UAE 2023™ will take place between November 16th-26th, the FIFA Council has confirmed. Dubai will host the action.

‘FIFA’ stated that the dates for the 16-team global showpiece were revealed after the FIFA Council met in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the 73rd FIFA Congress.

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ is an international beach soccer competition contested by the national teams of the member- associations of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body.

The 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ will be the 12th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, the premier international beach soccer championship contested by men’s national teams of the member-associations of FIFA.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based the Fédération internationale de football association (FIFA) is the international governing body of association football, beach soccer and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Zürich, (Switzerland)-based the FIFA Council is an institution of FIFA. It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The Council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

‘FIFA’ further stated that the UAE 2023 action will unfold in Dubai, with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, IR Iran (Islamic Republic Iran), Japan, Oman, Senegal, and hosts UAE already assured of their spots.

The FIFA Council also confirmed the slot allocation for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Seychelles 2025™: (AFC: 3; CAF: 2; Concacaf: 2; CONMEBOL: 3; OFC: 1; UEFA: 4; Host Country: 1).

The 2025 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ will be the 13th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, the premier international beach soccer championship contested by men’s national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. Overall, this will be the 23rd edition of a World Cup in beach soccer since the establishment of the Beach Soccer World Championships which ran from 1995 to 2004 but was not governed by FIFA. This will be the eight tournament to take place biennially. The World Cup took place annually until 2009.

It will take place in Seychelles. This will be the first time that Seychelles has hosted a FIFA tournament. This will also be the first tournament to be hosted in Africa.

Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)-based the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football, beach football and futsal in some countries/territories in Asia and Oceania. It has 47 member-countries most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in OFC, joined AFC in 2006.

6th of October City, (Egypt)-based the Confederation of African Football, or CAF for short, is the administrative and controlling body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Africa.

Miami, Florida (US)-based the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, abbreviated as Concacaf, is one of FIFA’s six continental governing bodies for association football.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the continental governing body of football in South America and it is one of FIFA’s six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción.

Auckland, (New Zealand)-based the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international association football. The OFC has 13 members, 11 of which are full members and two which are associate members not affiliated with FIFA.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as some Asian countries such as Israel, Cyprus and Armenia. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

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